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Kei Kamara Gets First Hat Trick On “special day”

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Revolution striker Kei Kamara’s 33rd birthday was on Friday. He celebrated a day later by scoring his first career hat trick in a decisive 4-0 win for the Revolution against Orlando City SC. “I’m 33. I think it just came at the right time.”Kamara said.”You know lucky threes, you’ve got to be at that age before you get that.”Kamara felt good about his and his team’s prospects before the game even started.”It was just one of those days, though. I just felt good from warm up. Not just me, I was scoring from the warm up, but the guys were [too]. Every ball was going in the back of the net and I was like, ‘Wow it just feels like a special day today.'”

Kamara felt motivation from the fans when he scored his third goal.”I’m not going to lie, I’ve played this game for awhile and to really be in that moment today, to get a hat trick there, scores those goals, it’s really special.”

During the night, Kamara surpassed 100 combined regular season and playoff goals which he was only made aware of recently.“To be honest with you I didn’t come into the season having that focus in my mind until one or two tweets went out and saying that I was close to 100. I had to go online myself to look it up.” Kamara joins a goal scoring club that includes current San Jose Earthquake Chris Wondolowski who Kamara used to play against in college. I’ve always just admired everything he’s been doing and I just wanted to be in the same club as him, but it doesn’t stop there. He’s at one hundred and thirty something, so I’ve got to play and catch up to him.”

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Head coach Jay Heaps felt good after a winless 2 game road trip. “I thought we had a good week of training.” Heaps said. “I know I’ve said that before, but it really was. It was a good week after a disappointing performance on the road. I thought we came in and really had some good dialogue. The players stepped up tonight. This is a good win, an important win, and a must needed win.”

In the 43rd minute, Lee Nguyen scored a goal that was eventually called back by the newly implemented video assistant referee. “Obviously, I’m a fan of VAR.” Heaps said. “I’ve said it. I believe that I would rather lose on the right call than win on the wrong call. But it’s a gut punch. I didn’t realize when they actually take away a goal that was that long and we celebrated and we got back to position. Then it was a really quick, oh, goal didn’t count, and we’re on to the next play. So, there’s not a lot of time to digest that.

The Revolution seemed effected by the reversal, almost letting up a goal before the end of the half. But, during halftime, Heaps was able to reignite the team.”We had a really good talk at halftime. Guys were really engaged. So, when we came out second half, I had a good feeling that we were going to secure the game.” Heaps also thought a turning point was the substitution for defensive midfielder Xavier Kouassi.”I thought the substitution of [Xavier] Kouassi going into the game, obviously, he was in the mix to start, took a pretty good knock last week, but was ready to go. So, it was a tough call not starting him, but man, he brought so much to that game. For me, he went in, we changed formations and he closed out that game. What a difference maker when he goes in.”

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10 Man Revolution Fall To Sporting Kansas City 3-1

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Wednesday saw the Revolution lose with the biggest deficit of any team this year. The Revs lost 7-0 against an Atlanta United team who were still fresh off introducing their fans to the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Two red cards in the first half left the Revolution with little hope for the rest of the match. “At that point at halftime, it was never going to go our way.” goalkeeper Cody Cropper said. “Our goal was to get through the game.”

The Revolution went into Saturday’s match having been the only team in the league to not have a road win this season. They would face a Sporting Kansas City side that had not lost at home since 2016. Despite this the Revolution got off to a promising early start. Teal Bunbury scored first of a deflection of Sporting’s Jimmy Medranda.

Then in the 10th minute Krisztian Nemeth, who was making his first start with the Revolution, elbowed Graham Zusi in the face. It almost went unpunished, but the referee went to video review and gave Nemeth a straight red card. Not only was this the third red card in two games for the Revolution but it was also the third red card in a row that was given after assistance from video review.

Sporting were quick to respond the one man advantage. In the 16th minute, Gerso Fernandes scored a goal of a rebound off Brad Knighton. It seemed that the momentum that the Revolution had built early on was gone. But, for the rest of the half the Revs played with relatively equal dominance compared to Kansas City.

Then right before halftime, Diego Rubio scored a crushing go ahead goal. The ball was placed in perfectly by Gerso Fernandes in front of goal. A frustrated Jay Heaps told the Revolution broadcast of his plans to go three at the back to try to boost the offense in the second half.

The Revs second half hopes were wiped away quickly with a 57 minute goal again by Rubio. The rest of the match was uneventful from the Revolution and Kansas City rolled to a 3-1 victory against the 10 man Revs.

The Revolution’s next match will be Saturday at home against league leading Toronto FC. The Revs schedule will not be lenient. But, with 5 games remaining in the season, every match from this point on is a must win.

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Patriots To Change Turf At Gillette Stadium After Loss

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New England Patriots To Change Turf At Gillette Stadium After Loss To Kansas City Chiefs

The New England Patriots are mixing thing up at Gillette Stadium. And no it isn’t a player or personnel move. Instead, it is the replacement of the artificial turf on the field.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the surface did not meet team standards and players complained it was too soft of late. The Patriots made the initial switch to the turf in the middle of the 2006 season. The interesting thing about this turf they are ripping up is it had been replaced back in May.

And at the time had passed all MLS and NFL tests.

With the change, the Patriots would have only played three games on this turf. Two came in the preseason and the other this past week against the Chiefs. A game in which they lost in an embarrassing fashion.

On Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe, Bill Belichick was asked of the change and he didn’t have much to say, which isn’t anything new.

“I would say the field is being replaced because it needs to be replaced, and it’s probably something you should talk to the field experts on,” he said.

With this change, one can only wonder how Jay Heaps and the New England Revolution feel about the change in the turf. Once again it is clear that football will always come ahead of the soccer team for Robert Kraft.

The Revs have an impressive 10-2-2 record on their home turf this season in MLS play.

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New England Revolution Get Vital 1-0 Win Against Impact

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Saturday’s match against the Montreal Impact was billed as the most important game of the year, and a must win. The Impact are one of two teams ahead of the Revolution in the standings and tied on points for the last playoff spot. After winning 4 in a row, Montreal went into Saturday’s match losing their previous 2. The Revs went in having not lost a match at home in September since 2013. The last team they lost to, the Montreal Impact.

The match almost had a disastrous start when there was a communication issue between Claude Dielna and Chris Tierney. But Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti failed to capitalize on the opportunity. The Revolution created many chances in the first half out shooting the Impact 5-2 in shots on target. Both goalkeepers were active and performing well by the end of a scoreless first half.

Because of the open first half, both teams went in to the second half with momentum. Montreal almost capitalized on that momentum in the 48th minute. Chris Duvall was able to find Anthony Jackson-Hamel in front of goal. Fortunately for the Revolution he was unable to get his shot on target.

Finally at the end of the 68th minute, Lee Nguyen was able to weave through defenders and get the first goal of the match. Less than two minutes later, both Diego Fagundez and Kei Kamara hit the crossbar and almost put the game away in the 70th minute.

The revolution almost went down to 10 men in the 86th minute when Claude Dielna went down with a non contact injury. Miraculously  though, Dielna was back on the field in the 88th minute and continued to play the rest of the match and help the Revolution and goalkeeper Cody Cropper get their fourth straight clean sheet at home.

This was the most important win of the Revs season so far. Though the Revolution will not have long before their next match which may be an even more important at the end of the season. The Revolution will face off Wednesday with the other major contender for the last playoff spot, Atlanta United. Atlanta is one point above the Revs in the standings and have two games in hand. This will be the first of two games this month against Atlanta. But the Revs are one of the most lethal teams in the month of September. If the Revolution want to make the playoffs, they will need to triumph in their second must win game this week. As Revolution coach Jay Heaps said in the postgame press conference “Now everything’s on to Atlanta.”

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